To promote, implement and demonstrate conservation practices which sustain and enhance our natural resources.
To be a Conservation District that researches, educates and demonstrates conservation practices for the enhancement and sustainability of our natural resources.
Urban Agriculture Technician
The Beadle Conservation District currently owns 4.5 acres of land within the city limits of Huron, SD. Much discussion has taken place regarding project types and ventures that would be sustainable and improve economic performance for local partners and area communities through urban conservation and small-scale agriculture. Any project results would also be transferable to other individual small acreages and communities.
By hiring an Urban Agriculture Technician with a horticulture background, we would be able to fully develop this project. We would provide workshops on a variety of non-traditional produce, trees and shrubs, with nuts and berries for human consumption, along with recipe and menu ideas.
One of the critical issues the district has identified within Beadle County is urban agriculture/conservation. Through this project we will be making progress towards serving more of the urban communities and their citizens. One of the districts goals is to provide education and resources to communities and their citizens on protecting natural resources in the urban environment while providing knowledge in reducing the state’s food deserts.
Through this grant, we would be able to support local food efforts and improve the state of South Dakota's food deserts. The main goal of the project is to prove or disprove the viability of urban agriculture by hiring a specialist for assistance. With this grant, the specialist will develop a program to increase healthy foods through traditional and specialty crops to further the economic performance in the area. Through increasing our capacity and being able to assist area residents that have a small acreage or lot in protecting and conserving our natural resources by developing our small acreage with a variety of non-traditional and specialty agricultural products that can be transferred into a food and economic source. Funding for this position will be for 3 years, with the possibility of continuation.
Application with resume and cover letter due Friday November 22, 2019 at 4pm
Next Regular Board Meeting
Thursday November 14, 2019
at 1:00 pm
USDA Service Center
1386 Lincoln Ave SW
Huron, SD 57350
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